When can we forget?
@luke – i’m gonna go with: never, ever. (or was that a rhetorical question? i have a bad habit of answering those….)
When should we forget the x number of people who died in y incident, war, accident, etc..? Personally I prefer to remember those who died fighting (for the right side) in the American Revolution and the Civil War. Those who stormed Omaha Beach deserve to be remembered certainly. But what about the ones who died in the Philippine-American war? I think there were thousands?
Then we have thirty some odd thousand highway fatalities per year. Should those people be remembered? (They sure seem to count less than the few who have died in nuclear accidents.)
Death is a terrible thing and all lives are precious — each is an entire universe in the old Jewish saying. So don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I think we over-reacted to 9/11. We were manipulated by our sentiments in a sense: it was a sentimental over-reaction undertaken by (in my view) cynical politicians who were sitting in the White House. The whole nation went along because we didn’t have better leadership. Remember how Reagan got out of Lebanon shortly after 200 Marines lost their lives in a suicide bombing? That was a wiser move.
@luke – “Remember how Reagan got out of Lebanon shortly after 200 Marines lost their lives in a suicide bombing? That was a wiser move.”
oh, don’t misunderstand me! i don’t think we should’ve gone into afghanistan ’cause of 9/11. that was definitely a mistake! and a manipulation by tptb, like you say.
but i still think the people that died on 9/11 ought to be remembered. and, yeah — i’d put these guys on top of the list.
I would put Rick Rescorla at the top of the list. He was chief of security of Morgan Stanley, got all of his people out, and was last seen going up the stairs, singing “Men of Harlech”, except he changed it to “Men of Cornwall.” You may have seen a photograph of him on the cover of “We Were Soldiers Once, and Young.” He was wielding a bayonet. Someone said that a natural death for Rick would be death in battle. He achieved that.
@justthisguy – “Rick Rescorla … He was chief of security of Morgan Stanley ….”
yes, i remember reading about him. never heard the bit about him singing, though. good for him! (^_^)
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